Evan Ziporyn stars in Arthur!

Composer, clarinetist, and Professor of Music at MIT Evan Ziporyn, appears in an upcoming episode of Arthur.  Ziporyn was a founding member of the featured new music group Bang on a Can. The episode airs on May 14, 2014 on WGBH.  Arthur airs weekdays at 7am on WGBH2 and at 10:30am on ‘GBH Kids.

Arthur bannerWatch a clip: HERE

Muffy and Francine attend a performance by musical group Bang on a Can All-Stars. It’s like nothing they’ve ever heard before!



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Harbison premiere by Cantata Singers

Music-Harbison-12-8-13-133HARBISON WORLD PREMIERE
Cantata Singers

Friday, May 9, 2014
7:00 pm pre-concert discussion
8:00 pm Concert
Post-concert reception
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music
30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA

Visit: Cantata Singers Website
Tickets: https://cantatasingers.secure.force.com/ticket


Cantata Singers will celebrate its commitment to the continually rewarding exploration of Bach’s cantatas as well as to the creation of new repertoire for the canon in its final concert of the 50th anniversary season.  Cantata Singers and Emmanuel Music have co-commissioned Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison to write The Supper at Emmaus, a new work for soloists, chorus and chamber orchestra.

J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude BWV 649, “Ach, bleib bei uns” orchestrated by David Hoose
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Miserere in C minor, ZWV 57
John Harbison: Supper at Emmaus **world premiere
Zelenka: Motets from Responsoria pro Hebdomada Sancta, ZWV 55
Bach: Cantata BWV 6, “Bleib bei uns, den es will Abend werden”

Lisa Lynch, soprano
Lynn Torgove, alto
Jason Sabol, tenor
Dana Whiteside, bass

Jennifer Webb, alto
Eric Perry, tenor
Mark Andrew Cleveland, bass

Zelenka (Miserere):
Karyl Ryczek, soprano

About the piece:
John Harbison, The Supper at Emmaus, a cantata on texts from Luke and I Timothy 1. Composed in 2014, this cantata is scored for soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists, four-part chorus, two oboes, English horn, bassoon, organ and strings. The work was commissioned jointly by Cantata Singers and Emmanuel Music, with generous support from David Rockefeller, Jr., the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, and Epp K. Sonin. The first performance of the outer choral movements was given on March 2, 2014, with the orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music, Ryan Turner, conductor. This performance by Cantata Singers is the first complete performance.

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Music, Science and Technology

MIT NEWS published profiles of two students in the MIT Symphony Orchestra, a credit-bearing performance subject in the Music and Theater Arts Section of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Priyanka Saha – http://bit.ly/PxjCtH

Nathan Kipniss – http://bit.ly/1nNhfSA






Photos: Allegra Boverman




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MTA Events this Thursday through Sunday

long1 | Th | MTA Composer Forum presents: Florian Hollenweger. The Revolution is Hear! Sound Art, the Everyday, and Aural Awareness. 5pm, MIT Lewis Music Library, 14E-109.  Free. A reception will follow.

2 | Fri | Emerson Scholars Student Recital.  Ray Hua Wu ’16, piano. Shostakovich, Preludes, Op. 34, #16, 24; Wu, Barcarolle; Beethoven, Sonata Op. 109; Chopin, Nocturne, Op, 27, No. 2 and Scherzo, Op. 39. 12pm, Killian Hall.

2 | Fri | MIT Wind Ensemble, Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director. Kenneth Amis, Assistant Conductor. Dana Wilson’s Day Dreams; Creston, Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, Tina Kambil, ’16, soloist; Toch, Spiel for Wind Ensemble; Gossec, Symphonie Militaire; Wagner: Elsa’s Procession from the Cathedral; Ticheli: Postcard. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Gen. adm. $5; Free via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email. Tickets: http://mitmta.eventbrite.com/ and at the door.

3 | Sat | Outdoor Concert. Rambax, MIT Senegalese Drum Ensemble, Lamine Touré, director. 3pm Stratton Student Center Steps. Rain Location: Lobdell, 2nd Floor, Stratton Student Center.  Free.

3 | Sat | Guest Artist Concert. Robert Crowe, male soprano; with Laura Gulley, Baroque violin; Naama Lion, Baroque flute; Daniel Rowe, Baroque cello; Seungok Lee, harpsichord; Victor Coehlo, theorbo. Bach, The Musical Offering, BWV 1079 and Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV, 1038; Händel, Nine German Arias, HWV 202-210.  Introduction by Handel scholar, Ellen T. Harris, Professor of Music Emeritus. 7pm, Killian Hall. Free.

Robert Crowe, described by the New York Times as “a male soprano of staggering gifts,“ is a member of perhaps the world’s smallest vocal category. His education was completed at the Manhattan School of Music, after receiving a master of music from Boston University School for the Arts. In 1995 he was only the second countertenor (and first male soprano) to be a National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition having his professional debut as ‘Cherubino’ at the Des Moines Metro Opera.  Mr. Crowe has sung on many stages in the US and in Europe.  He is completing a PhD in Historical Musicology specializing in the history of the castrati at Boston University.  http://robertcrowe.weebly.com/

4 | Sun | MIT Student Recitals
Emerson Scholar Student Recital. Stanislav Tsitkov ‘15, clarinet; Eileen Huang, piano. Françaix, Tema con Variazioni; Salieri, Carnivale de Venezia; Schumann, Fantasiestücke; Bruch, Selection from 8 Works for Clarinet and Viola. 

MIT Emerson Scholars Student Wind Recital.

2pm,  MIT Emerson Scholars Student Piano Recital.  Killian Hall.  Free.


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Keeril Makan receives Howard Fellowship

keerilmakan.sachs-1The Board of Administration of the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation awarded nine $33,000 fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year. The recipients represent the fields of History, Music, Musicology, Playwriting, and Theatre Studies.  One of two fellowships in the field of Music was awarded to Keeril Makan, MIT Associate Professor of Music, for his Abandon Fear for orchestra.

The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation was established in 1952 by Nicea Howard in memory of her grandparents. Miss Howard had a special interest in furthering the personal development of promising individuals at the crucial middle stages of their careers in the liberal and creative arts.

More about the Howard Foundation here.


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MIT MTA’s Sara Brown’s production at ART reviewed

Sara BrownRead the Boston Globe Review of American Repertory Theater’s The Shape She Makes, with set design by Sara Brown, Lecturer in Theater Arts at MIT.   The play at the ART Oberon closes on the 27th.  Visit: ART:  http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org

“… Sara Brown’s set encloses the playing space — a mottled floor — with bleacher seats on three sides. It has the feel of a high-school basketball game, except for the Oberon bar, which forms the fourth wall. As you enter,….”

Read the Boston Globe review HERE.

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MIT Celebrates Boston Jazz Week 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAApril 26 | Sat | Mark Harvey and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. New works for jazz orchestra including an Elegy for the victims of the Marathon bombing and SpaceWays, a centennial tribute to Sun Ra, as well as a performance of Harvey’s No Walls, the official song of Jazz Week 2014.  Celebrating Jazz Week in Boston and Jazz Appreciation Month in America.  8pm, Kresge Auditorium.  Free.

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Last chance to see The Pillowman!

Tonight and tomorrow night: The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh directed by Janet Sonenberg. 7:30pm, Kresge Little Theater. Admission is free.  Reserve tickets at dramashop.mit.edu.
Pillowman Final

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Tonight and tomorrow in Kresge Auditorium

ChamberChorus18 | Fri | MIT Chamber Chorus, William Cutter, music director. Britten, Rejoice in the Lamb, Hymn to St. Cecilia, Flower Songs, Cantata Misericordium. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium.  General admission $5; Free, in advance only, to MIT community with MIT email address. Tickets: http://mitmta.eventbrite.com/ and at the door.


19 | Sat | MIT Gamelan Galak Tika, Dewa Alit, guest director. Performing a new work by Dewa Alit and Christine Southworth’s Supercollider for electric gamelan and string quartet. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium.  General admission $5; Free, in advance only to MIT community with MIT email address.  Tickets: http://mitmta.eventbrite.com/ and at the door.

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MTA Theater alum in NYC stage debut


Noah Arbesfeld ’13 performing with MTA’s Anna Kohler in Chang in a void Moon in NYC.

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